[NFBMO] Legislative Action Needed
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Thu Sep 13 06:10:27 UTC 2018
Early this week, a post was made to the NFBMO Listserve requesting that we
all take action on two of our legislative issues. Thank you if you have
already taken care of both request. If you have not, I want to ask you to
read the summary from John Pare again and help us out.
Every member can help by calling Chairman Goodlatte and ask him to put the
Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) on the House Suspension
Calendar. Your call can make a big difference .
Concerning the second matter, we need to appeal to seven of the eight House
Members from Missouri to appeal to them to cosponsor the Access Technology
Affordability Act (H.R. 1734). Congressman Cleaver is the only cosponsor
from Missouri on this bill. That means that if you live in any part of the
state other than the Fifth Congressional District (Kansas City area), your
call or email can help move this legislation forward. Those we need to
follow-up with are: Lacy Clay, Ann Wagner, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicki
Hartzler, Sam Graves, Billy Long, and Jason Smith.
I have pasted John Pare's message below as It has all the details. Please
take action to help make technology more affordable and expand access.
We are at a critical point with two of our legislative priorities that need
your immediate attention.
First, the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) is sitting idle in
the House Judiciary Committee. We need Chairman Goodlatte to discharge this
bill and put it on the House suspension calendar for a vote. The Department
of State will not ratify the treaty until the House of Representatives
passes this bill and the president signs it into law. This legislation is
noncontroversial, supported by all relevant stakeholders, and was passed
unanimously by the Senate on June 28.
Please call Chairman Goodlatte at 202-225-5431 and urge him to "support
blind Americans by putting the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act, S. 2559,
on the House suspension calendar." Note that Chairman Goodlatte's email web
form blocks any emails from outside his district, so please contact his
office via phone.
Our second topic is the Access Technology Affordability Act (H.R. 1734). We
are up to eighty-four cosponsors in the House and twelve in the Senate.
Special thanks to the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois. Fourteen
House members from Illinois and Senator Tammy Duckworth have cosponsored
You can contact your member of Congress by calling the Capitol Switchboard
and asking for the office in question. The number is 202-224-3121. If you
email your representative, please copy me at JPare at nfb.org
<mailto:JPare at nfb.org> .
When you call or email, you might say something like the following:
"Hello, my name is [your name] and I am a constituent of [your
representative]. I live in [city, state]. I am calling to urge [your
representative] to cosponsor H.R. 1734, the Access Technology Affordability
Act. This bill would increase the availability of access technology, thereby
increasing educational and employment opportunities for all blind Americans.
The bill does this by creating a tax credit for the purchase of access
technology. The National Federation of the Blind has analyzed the cost
impact and the bill is either cost neutral or will save the government
money. I urge [representative] to cosponsor the bill. Thanks."
In summary we are asking you to make two calls: one to Chairman Goodlatte
regarding the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act, and a second call to your
representative regarding the Access Technology Affordability Act. If you
have any questions I can be reached at 410-659-9314, extension 2218.
Shelia Wright, President
National Federation of the Blind of Missouri
7928 NW Milrey Drive, Kansas City, MO 64152
President at nfbmo.org <mailto:President at nfbmo.org>
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